TWD: Chocolate Chocolate-Cupcakes

TWD: Chocolate Overdose!

Chocolate... a word that first pops to mind when you step into a cake shop. Simple unadulterated glossy rich goodness, all in the form of moist cakes, crisp waffles laden with a generous slathering of chocolate spread, heavenly chocolate ice-creams and pudgey eclairs bursting in its seams with thick chocolate pastry cream.

Funny thing is that chocolate has the opposite effect to me as do bananas. I do much prefer them in its solid state ( a.k.a solid bars of good quality chocolate) as compared to their many variations when incorporated into desserts. In fact, place me in front of a pastry display case and I'll be sure to choose that pistachio and apricot gateux over that lovely chocolate tart or eclair anytime!

But, no one can deny the 'happy' effects that accompanies every chocolate treats. And every once in a while, I'll reach out for that bar of white chocolate ( silly me..) or dark chocolate bar for that extra special reward.

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This week, Clara of I heart food4thought chose Chocolate Chocolate-Cupcakes for this week's round of TWD. Well timed of course since I was keen on experimenting with chocolate cake recipes. I followed the recipe without much alterations except for the piping of nutella into the centres of the cakes. An extra surprise for the undiscerning. And gosh.. it went down so well with everyone who managed to lay their hands on it. The cake was light and fluffy whereas the ganache topping, luciously smooth. Topped with Valrhona crunchy pearls once again and a vibrant red flower, these were absolutely perfect!

Thanks Clara for choosing this recipe. Pity I didn't manage to decorate them with the halloween theme. For more cupcakes, visit the TWD Blogroll!

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41 comments:

CB said...

I love the red flowers! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for playing with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

The Food Librarian said...

So cute! Love those crunchy pearls. They are adorable!

Fen said...

Wow... The chocolate cupcakes sure looks yummy, like a nice chocolate fudge layer...

By the way, wat is TWD, I seen this quite often on your blog but couldn't figure out what is it...

SiHaN said...

fen: TWD stands for Tuesdays With Dorie. We're a group of bakers that bake up goodies from our Dorie Greenspan book and post it up every tuesday. Visit the link on my sidebar for more information on the group! It's very fun as it allows you to try your hand on things that would seem rather intimidating sometimes. But with the support of the group, everything seems much better!

n.o.e said...

Ooh, those are some great looking cupcakes! I'll bet that nutella tasted delish inside. Chocolate is fine in any form for me, but I'll also take the pistachio/apricot!
Nancy

Cathy said...

Your cupcakes look beautiful! I love the pretty red flowers in the middle, and the little chocolate pearls! And nice touch with the Nutella!

Marthe said...

I love the shine of your glaze! The filling of Nutella must be amazing! Glad you liked them!

ovenhaven said...

Love the lil red flowers! The cupcakes look really chocolatey :)

HoneyB said...

I definitely will make these again and fill them! I love the nutella filling! Your cupcakes look beautiful!

HoneyB said...

P.S. I normally don't have the sound on my computer - but this morning I did and I love the music! :)

Natashya said...

The red flowers are so pretty. I like fruit desserts over chocolate as well.

peggy said...

Oh I LOVE the music on your blog! Really is waking me up this morning. Your chocolate glaze is so shiny. Great job!

Amanda said...

WOW these are absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job, it's no wonder they were gobbled up! Glad you liked them too :) I've gone ahead and added you to my blogroll so I don't miss any more posts. Thanks for stopping by mine~ :)

Laura said...

Nutella?! OMG - YUM! Your cupcakes came out just beautiful - the flowers are gorgeous!

Cristine said...

Your cupcakes are gorgeous! Nutella inside must've been heaven!

And, no, you aren't disgusting! I go through Nutella like it's crack. Hence my Nutella week! :)

Jacque said...

Ooooh, those are SO cute! I've always thought the best color to go with chocolate is red. Those little chocolate pearls are cool, I hadn't seen them before.

The DeL Sisters said...

Yours are so cute!

Hannah

dharmagirl said...

I love your cupcakes--they look so cheerful, and knowing that they have nutella in the center makes me even happier!

chocolatechic said...

Your decorations are just wonderful.

I especially love the flowers.

rainbowbrown said...

I feel you, I like chocolate better in its original form as well. Your cupcakes are very pretty, well done!

Prudy said...

They look so yummy and old fashioned with those pretty decorations and red and white cloth. I love it.

Christine said...

I love the red flower and the nutella in the middle. Can you pass one my way?

Jamie said...

Those are beautiful! I love the contrast of the red and chocolate!

Teanna said...

Oh man, I LOVE that you put the nutella inside of these! I would eat nutella on everything I could get my hands if I could! And I love your cute little flowers on the cupcakes!

Kimberly Johnson said...

The flowers are beautiful and your cupcakes look great!

Beth said...

Gorgeous! I love the red and chocolate combo. Nutella is a great choice, as well. YUM!

Amy said...

How cute!!! I love the little red flowers! I bet the Nutella was fabulous!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Flourchild said...

Your decorations look fantastic. I chose to decorate mine with spider webs...I was happy with them sicne I usually just sprinkle them with sugar! Im glad your turned out so good! Great to see your TWD!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your cupcakes are so beautiful! I love the pretty red flowers!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

These are the sweetest things! Love contrast of the red flowers with your shiny ganache.

Bridgett said...

I love the decorations on these, Halloween or not! I would have chose these over a halloween one any day. They look divine and the nutella must have made them perfect!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Your cupcakes are darling!!!

Jess said...

Those are just beautiful...nutella and Valhrona pearls sound amazing together.

Candy said...

These look really tasty. Love your blog!

kim said...

they look gorgeous! love the flowers and pearls. great idea to use nutella :)

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TeaLady said...

Didn't you know. That is a blood flower on top. Just right for halloween. Great Job. They look yummy!

Karen said...

Those are beautiful! Great job on them. I will admit I am not much of a chocolate cake fan and much prefer my chocolate in bar form as well. But, these turned out great didn't they? Love the Nutella in them!

karen said...

your cupcakes are very pretty. and i love this gavin rossdale song. :)

Mom2three said...

I love these cupcakes! They look so yummy and fun. I can't wait to try them here at our house! Thanks for posting them.

pinkstripes said...

I love your cupcakes. They're so pretty. The Nutella filling must have been amazing (when is nutella not?)